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About 100 balloons were released in honor of alumna Kalpana Chawla and the Columbia space shuttle crew Friday morning in front of Kalpana Chawla Hall.

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* The (where Chawla obtained a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1984) opened a named in her honor, "Kalpana Chawla Hall", in 2004. []

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Dr. Chawla returned to UTA as a speaker several times and captivated students as she spoke of the thrill of flying, the beauty of seeing the Earth pass serenely below, and how everyone should pursue their dreams. Her own dreams became reality with her acceptance into NASA's astronaut program in 1994. Dr. Chawla faced the great mysteries of space with her first mission in 1997, becoming the first Indian-born female to do so. In January 2003, she returned to space on a mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia as flight engineer and Mission Specialist 2. Through her accomplishments, Dr. Chawla rose to be a bright beacon of hope and inspiration. Dr. Don Wilson, who was her thesis advisor at UTA, remarked that, "She was regarded as a national hero in India, and looked upon as an outstanding role model, particularly among young ladies that like her aspire to careers, not only in science and engineering, but in other professions as well." Dr. Chawla died on February 1, 2003, over the southern United States when the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew tragically perished during re-entry. Today, her memory lives on with the establishment of the Kalpana Chawla Endowed Scholarship and Kalpana Chawla Hall.

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The event, which had a temple priest symbolically breaking a coconut and lighting incense in a short prayer ceremony, drew participation from the UTA Indian Students Association as well as members of the India Association of North Texas (IANT). Shabnam Modgil, president of IANT, stated: “Dr. Kalpana Chawla looked to the stars while living her life fully on earth and India Association was very proud to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Kalpana Chawla Hall, a living/learning community at UTA.”Writing in ‘The Shorthorn’ of July1, editor Caren M. Penland quotes Harrison as saying that the ‘religious tone’ of the groundbreaking ceremony for the $19.2 million Kalpana Chawla Residence Hall at 901 Oak Street on the Arlington campus would have upset the astronaut herself.It was all part of the Mavs Move, a morning when student-athletes take a couple of hours and help incoming freshmen move into student housing on campus. Volleyball players split into groups and tackled move-in chores at Brazos, Trinity and Lipscomb. Softball players could be seen unloading flat-bed carts at Arlington Hall while men's basketball players were lending a hand at Kalpana Chawla Hall in the morning.
Red, white and blue balloons filled the foyer and great room of Kalpana Chawla Hall

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Red, white and blue balloons filled the foyer and great room of Kalpana Chawla Hall. Flowers rested in front of pictures of alumna Kalpana Chawla and her fellow astronauts.

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I live in Kalpana Chawla Hall (KC Hall) at UTA. I would say it is quite exciting to live on campus. There are many people around all times of the day. KC has study lounges where you can sit and read, study or do classwork in. Many people enjoy that there is a lot of space at KC but also in Arlington Hall, Vandergriff Hall and other dormitories. Most of the Residential Assistants (RA's) will be more than willing to aid you with whatever you need and are very nice.

LaMarcus Reed (left) and Rog'er Guignard (right) help move students into Kalpana Chawla Hall

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Kalpana Chawla Hall, called KC Hall by all its residents, is a lively co-educational residential facility that houses 419 students in a variety of educationally themed Learning Communities with a staff of a Residence Director, Graduate Assistant Residence Director, Resident Assistants, Office Assistant, and Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) that act as live-in educational mentors for the residents of the hall.